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Mosquitoes Incapable Of Transmitting Malaria Created
2012-06-12 13:10:31

Advance provides genetic options for controlling spread of deadly disease Mosquitoes bred to be unable to infect people with the malaria parasite are an attractive approach to helping curb one of the world´s most pressing public health issues, according to UC Irvine scientists. Anthony James and colleagues from UCI and the Pasteur Institute in Paris have produced a model of the Anopheles stephensi mosquito – a major source of malaria in India and the Middle East – that...

2012-06-05 11:21:11

A new technique that accurately determines the risk of infants in endemic countries developing clinical malaria could provide a valuable tool for evaluating new malaria prevention strategies and vaccines. The technique could even help to understand how anti-malarial vaccine and treatment strategies act to reduce malaria, say researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel and the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical...

2012-05-23 20:24:10

A novel anti-inflammatory drug could help to improve survival in the most severe cases of malaria by preventing the immune system from causing irrevocable brain and tissue damage. Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have shown that a new class of anti-inflammatory agents, called IDR (innate defense regulator) peptides, could help to increase survival from severe clinical malaria when used in combination with antimalarial drugs. A research team fronted by Dr Ariel Achtman and Dr...

2012-05-17 12:17:17

Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have succeeded in engineering algae to produce potential candidates for a vaccine that would prevent transmission of the parasite that causes malaria, an achievement that could pave the way for the development of an inexpensive way to protect billions of people from one of the world's most prevalent and debilitating diseases. Initial proof-of-principle experiments suggest that such a vaccine could prevent malaria transmission. Malaria...

Progress Made In Possible Vaccine Against Malaria
2012-05-17 09:35:22

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com Malaria, a mosquito-borne disease, affects more than 225 around the world, particularly in tropical and subtropical areas. Those who contract malaria report symptoms like fever and headaches, which can sometimes lead to severe coma and death. While there are a few different medications to protect against infections, there have not been any vaccines available that offer a high amount of protection against the disease. Recently, biologists at the University of...

2012-05-09 05:29:39

(Ivanhoe Newswire) —Last year it killed an estimated 655,000 people. Now researchers are developing new ways to block the transmission of Plasmodium, the parasite responsible for human malaria. Experts say the research could represent a new strategy for controlling the spread of infection. According to the World Health Organization, more than 200 million people contract malaria each year. Experts say in order to combat the deadly disease, new tools have to be developed to prevent new...

2012-05-08 20:49:38

Over 200 million people contract malaria each year, and according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 655,000 people died from malaria in 2010. Malaria is caused by the parasite Plasmodium, which is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites. More effective control of malaria will require the development of new tools to prevent new infections. Wesley Van Voorhis at the University of Washington in Seattle and Oliver Billker at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge,...

Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreading, Say Experts
2012-04-08 06:03:37

Scientists have expressed concerns that resistance to the primary treatment for malaria is increasing, potentially putting thousands of additional people at risk of losing their lives to the disease, according to various media reports. According to Brendan Trembath of ABC News Australia, lead researchers Francois Nosten, a researcher at the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit in Thailand, and colleagues reported that they had discovered drug-resistant strains of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite...

2012-04-05 21:19:01

Genetics study identifies key genome region underlying artemisinin resistance in malaria parasite Evidence that the most deadly species of malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, is becoming resistant to the front line treatment for malaria on the border of Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) is reported in The Lancet today. This increases concern that resistance could now spread to India and then Africa as resistance to other antimalarial drugs has done before. Eliminating malaria might then...

2012-04-05 21:17:39

Emergence of resistance to the drug artemisinin in western Thailand has created a critical point in global efforts to control and eliminate malaria worldwide, according to a new study published in the Lancet, a British Medical Journal, by researchers at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and their collaborators in Thailand. A second study, published concurrently in the journal Science by the same research groups, identifies a major region of the malaria parasite genome associated with...


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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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